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Song of the Day: Bob Fox and Stu Luckley ... the Bonny Gateshead Lass

The series is not beginning to flag - I have some absolute gems lined up from cape Breton and elsewhere - but it may slow down in terms of accompanying text.

Better to keep the clips coming and cut back on the waffle.

Bob Fox and Stu Luckley have combined to great effect on many occasions, notably with a exceptional album Now So Good'll Pass album first released in 1978. You'd find lots about Bob on Salut! Live by entering his name into the search box (and you'd also find an interview with him at Salut! Sunderland).

The Bonny Gateshead Lass, was a stand-out track and, given the quality of the rest of the album that is saying something.

Written by the Tyneside songwriter Joe Wilson, who lived for just 33 years in the 19th century, it offers a humorous if romanticised slice of life and courtship.

I love this verse:

She says her mother keeps a shop and sells hot pies and candy,
and her brother he's a cobbler in the high part of the town.
Now she was a dressmaker and we got on so well together,
that I blessed I'd been so awkward as to stand upon her gown.

And I adore the tune, Elsie Marley, that follows the song. This is English folk music - though some would quarrel with me on whether it qualifies - at its very best, a great song sung and accompanied in exemplary fashion.


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